In music, counterpoint is the relationship between two or more voices that are independent in contour and rhythm and are harmonically interdependent.

And today, Professor Ryan Adams will explain counterpoint in more musical terms.


Firstly, we have “How Do You Keep Love Alive?” – a piano-and-guitar ballad questioning how to make something work when it’s just not.

How do you keep things going, how do you push through, when your heart tells you it’s time to stop?

Or do you keep pushing?

Sometimes, no. You stop.

What does it mean?
What does it mean?
What does it mean to be so sad?
When someone you love
Someone you love is supposed to make you happy
What do you do
How do you keep love alive?
When it won’t
What, what are the words
They use when they know it’s over
“We need to talk,” or
“I’m confused, maybe later you can come over”

And on the other, when you’ve had the realisation that it’s time to stop pushing, and you do stop, there’s that moment when you know, you just know, it’s for the best – and despite how sad you feel, the sun does rise every morning.

And for that moment, we have “Dance All Night” – drums, harmonica, guitar, all slightly drunk-happy, and a wonderful wistfulness…

A wistful hug and kiss and smile between two people who know that, in the end, they’re going to be fine…

Just fine…

She ain’t lonely now
See her shuffle across the floor
Yeah, she’s happier now
See her smile and say “come on”

Let’s dance all night
Let’s dance all night
Dance all night
Yeah, I think she’ll be alright

I ain’t lonely now
Yeah, I got someone I love
Someone I think about
Someone for me to take care of

Thank you, Professor Adams.

Ryan Adams – How Do You Keep Love Alive

Ryan Adams – Dance All Night

www: Ryan’s official website and MySpace.


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